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Officials plan bioterrorism response

Despite the Bremerton-Kitsap County Health District’s hazy fiscal future, director Scott Lindquist has spent the past several weeks training local medical professionals and pharmacists about anthrax: what it is, how to diagnose it and how to treat it.

Now health district personnel are surveying county pharmacies to determine which medications are available, conducting public forums, coordinating lab-analysis plans and training medical providers, firefighters and police officers.

“The big positives in this experience are the partnerships the health district deepened with the military, the police and firefighters,” Lindquist said.

Olympic College donated time and media services equipment to help Lindquist put together a videotape presentation on bioterrorism response.

Kitsap County Emergency Management officials, with help from Lindquist and the health district, prepared a pamphlet to allay fears about anthrax or other bio-terrorism threats, while also providing information on how to deal with them.

Emergency Management has established a Biological Terrorism Concern Hotline to provide information about anthrax exposure or other biological terrorism events. It can be reached at 616-5882.

— Amy Crumley

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